SANFORD, NC, October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Central Carolina Hospital was honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. ---
"We're working continuously to ensure that patient quality and safety are our top priorities," said Doug Doris, CEO of Central Carolina Hospital. "It's great when we're recognized by another group for our efforts, and it shows what a huge commitment our physicians and staff have made to our hospital and our community."
"As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The 'A' hospitals, including Central Carolina Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. "We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety."
To see Central Carolina Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals' scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About Central Carolina Hospital
Central Carolina Hospital is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. With over 100 physicians on staff, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, hospitalist services, nephrology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, primary care provider network, ear nose and throat (ENT) provider network, cardiology provider network and a women's care provider network. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.
Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:
•American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve¬ment Award for Heart Failure, January 2013
•American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve¬ment Award for Stroke Silver Plus, January 2013
•Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Heart Failure
•Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification
To learn more about the hospital, visit http://www.centralcarolinahospital.com.
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